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The Best Episodes of Roseanne

Every episode of Roseanne ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Roseanne!

A working-class family struggles to get by on a limited income in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois.


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The best episode of "Roseanne" is "Crime and Punishment (1)", rated 8.8/10 from 367 user votes. It was directed by Andrew D. Weyman and written by Bruce Rasmussen. "Crime and Punishment (1)" aired on 1/5/1993 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "War and Peace (2)".

  • Crime and Punishment (1)
    8.8/10 367 votes

    #1 - Crime and Punishment (1)

    Season 5 Episode 13 - Aired 1993-01-05

    Dan disciplines D.J. for taking offensive reading material to school-- Darlene's comic book. Dan reacts strongly when Roseanne discovers that Fisher has beaten Jackie.

    Director: Andrew D. Weyman

    Writer: Bruce Rasmussen

  • War and Peace (2)
    8.8/10 345 votes

    #2 - War and Peace (2)

    Season 5 Episode 14 - Aired 1993-01-12

    Dan returns home to rampart rumors about his behavior, while Roseanne urges a dazed Jackie to leave her abusive boyfriend.

    Director: Andrew D. Weyman

    Writer: N/A

  • A Stash From The Past
    8.7/10 416 votes

    #3 - A Stash From The Past

    Season 6 Episode 4 - Aired 1993-10-05

    Foreman Dan feels lower than low for getting tough with his employees at work, while Roseanne lectures David for getting high after she finds a stash of pot in the house -- then realizes it is hers from decades ago.

    Director: Philip Charles MacKenzie

    Writer: N/A

  • BOO!
    8.6/10 445 votes

    #4 - BOO!

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 1989-10-31

    The Conner family terrify each other out of their wits on Halloween night.

    Director: John Pasquin

    Writer: Norma Safford Vela

  • It's a Boy!
    8.5/10 274 votes

    #5 - It's a Boy!

    Season 5 Episode 19 - Aired 1993-03-02

    Roseanne wants Darlene's boyfriend, David, to move in with them, but Dan refuses to allow it.

    Director: Andrew D. Weyman

    Writer: N/A

  • Brain-Dead Poets Society
    8.4/10 379 votes

    #6 - Brain-Dead Poets Society

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 1989-11-28

    Darlene refuses to read her prize-winning poem on Culture Night at her school, preferring to stay home to watch a ballgame with Dan, until Roseanne lays down the law.

    Director: John Pasquin

    Writer: Joss Whedon

  • Like, a Virgin
    8.3/10 308 votes

    #7 - Like, a Virgin

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 1990-10-02

    Roseanne decides it's time to give Becky "the talk", unaware that it's Darlene who needs it more.

    Director: John Whitesell

    Writer: N/A

  • Trick or Treat
    8.3/10 319 votes

    #8 - Trick or Treat

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 1990-10-30

    Roseanne, mistaken for a guy in her lumberjack Halloween costume, plays along with some braggarts and learns about machismo.

    Director: John Whitesell

    Writer: Chuck Lorre

  • Scenes from a Barbecue
    8.3/10 358 votes

    #9 - Scenes from a Barbecue

    Season 3 Episode 24 - Aired 1991-05-05

    The Connors celebrate Mother's Day with a barbecue with Roseanne's feisty grandmother.

    Director: John Whitesell

    Writer: Chuck Lorre

  • Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore
    8.2/10 374 votes

    #10 - Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 1989-03-28

    As a tornado spins through Lanford, a storm is brewing inside the Conner house over the whereabouts of Jackie who hasn't returned from her trip to the market.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Grace McKeaney

  • Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down
    8.2/10 311 votes

    #11 - Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 1991-10-21

    Roseanne is convinced that Kathy Bowman will take revenge for the Halloween prank she played on her; Jackie flirts with a moose at the Lodge costume party only to discover that it's former boyfriend Booker (in his last appearance).

    Director: Andrew D. Weyman

    Writer: Amy Sherman-Palladino

  • One for the Road
    8.1/10 336 votes

    #12 - One for the Road

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 1990-01-09

    When the parents are away, Becky and her friend Dana play with a little help from the liquor cabinet.

    Director: John Pasquin

    Writer: N/A

  • An Officer and a Gentleman
    8.1/10 334 votes

    #13 - An Officer and a Gentleman

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 1990-01-23

    When Roseanne is called away, Jackie impresses Dan and the kids with her homemaking skills.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Norma Safford Vela

  • Troubles with the Rubbles
    8.1/10 284 votes

    #14 - Troubles with the Rubbles

    Season 3 Episode 21 - Aired 1991-03-25

    The new wife next door, Kathy Bowman, looks down on Roseanne and complains that D.J. is a bad influence on her son Todd.

    Director: John Whitesell

    Writer: Joel Madison

  • Santa Claus
    8.1/10 290 votes

    #15 - Santa Claus

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 1991-12-24

    Roseanne talks Leon into letting her play Santa Claus at the mall -- and hears something she wishes she hadn't from one of the kid's mothers, who turns out to be Darlene's new friend and confidante.

    Director: Andrew D. Weyman

    Writer: Chuck Lorre, Maxine Lapiduss

  • The Commercial Show
    8.1/10 270 votes

    #16 - The Commercial Show

    Season 4 Episode 19 - Aired 1992-03-03

    The Conners are sitting pretty for a TV ad for Rodbell's Luncheonette, but at home things get ugly between D.J. and Todd. Leon and Steven break up, and the Bowmans move back to Chicago.

    Director: Andrew D. Weyman

    Writer: Chuck Lorre, Maxine Lapiduss, Jennifer Heath

  • The Dark Ages
    8.1/10 272 votes

    #17 - The Dark Ages

    Season 5 Episode 3 - Aired 1992-09-29

    The power company cuts off the Conners' power. Dan and Roseanne must look at Darlene in a new light after David spends the night in her room.

    Director: Andrew D. Weyman

    Writer: Eric Gilliland

  • Pretty in Black
    8.1/10 269 votes

    #18 - Pretty in Black

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 1992-10-13

    Roseanne mortifies Darlene with a sweet sixteen party, then sends her off to her friends while the adults enjoy the festivities, which include a game of Truth or Dare; the Tildens move in next door; Darlene dyes her hair black to make Roseanne mad, but is shocked when Roseanne reacts differently.

    Director: Andrew D. Weyman

    Writer: Amy Sherman-Palladino

  • Good Girls, Bad Girls
    8.1/10 277 votes

    #19 - Good Girls, Bad Girls

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 1992-11-24

    Roseanne reluctantly allows Darlene to go to a rock concert in nearby Rockford with Molly -- who abandons her.

    Director: Andrew D. Weyman

    Writer: Amy Sherman-Palladino

  • Skeleton in the Closet
    8.1/10 264 votes

    #20 - Skeleton in the Closet

    Season 7 Episode 6 - Aired 1994-10-26

    Leon outdoes himself hosting a Halloween soiree with the Lunch Box clan and a bevy of his gay friends, many of whom seem to know Fred intimately. Meanwhile, Jackie and Roseanne visit Bev's hairdresser and become convinced that she wears a wig.

    Director: Gail Mancuso

    Writer: N/A

  • Dan's Birthday Bash
    8.0/10 364 votes

    #21 - Dan's Birthday Bash

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 1989-01-03

    Dan's birthday bash at the Lobo Lounge is interrupted by a bully who picks a fight with Dan at the pool table.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Grace McKeaney

  • Death and Stuff
    8.0/10 338 votes

    #22 - Death and Stuff

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 1989-04-11

    During the family's busy weekend activities, a door-to-door salesman drops by -- and then drops dead in the Conner kitchen.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Inherit the Wind
    8.0/10 369 votes

    #23 - Inherit the Wind

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 1989-09-12

    Roseanne tries her hand at telephone solicitation while trying to console Becky who had an embarrassing accident in front of the school council.

    Director: John Pasquin

    Writer: Allan Katz

  • We Gather Together
    8.0/10 343 votes

    #24 - We Gather Together

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 1989-11-21

    On Thanksgiving Day, Jackie finally spills the news of her new job to her mother; and Dan's dad butters up Crystal.

    Director: John Pasquin

    Writer: Danny Jacobson

  • Like, a New Job
    8.0/10 281 votes

    #25 - Like, a New Job

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 1990-10-09

    Despite her misgivings, Roseanne, working late as a coffee-shop waitress, leaves Dan in charge of the kids.

    Director: John Whitesell

    Writer: N/A